Loot Wear December 2016

LVL Up has been renamed to Loot Wear.  It is a monthly subscription catering to people looking for geek clothing and accessories.  They allow you to choose between four options, socks, t-shirts, wearables, and for her.  They just introduced a new plan, Undies.  You can also select the from two bundles if you wanted more than just one choice.  Plans start from $11.99USD and while shipping is included in the US to get things here you need additional shipping fees.  I have chosen the for her option which sends out 1-2 items of apparel and accessories each month.  This month’s theme is Revolution.

20161221_174330The bag tells you rather obviously who your package is from.  It also has a quote on it from a movie. If you correctly identify it you could win.

The included card tells you all about the items from every group.  This month you had options from Guardians of The Galaxy, Invader Zim, Rick and Morty, Mr.Robot, and Marvel’s Spider-Gwen.

Spider-Gwen Zip Wallet

I’m going to be honest and admit I haven’t got the faintest idea what Spider-Gwen is.  I actually just bought myself a new wallet a few days ago but this one wouldn’t have been suitable anyways.  It opens up to two compartments with no card slots or money pouches.  I do like the metallic purple web areas though.  Maybe I can use this to hold all of my loyalty cards or something.

This month is back to being a bit of a bust. I’m having some buyers regret with this one, though a few of the  months have helped alleviate that slightly.   I’m not sure if this will now be more clothing oriented that it was but I guess we’ll find out.  I think this might be my last month and I’m not sorry at all.  It’s just not for me.  It’s neat stuff but so far nothing that has wowed me.  You can visit their site by clicking here to explore all the options.

Julep Maven December 2016

Julep Maven is a monthly beauty box full of their own brand of cosmetics and nail polishes.  You can take the box they select or trade out items and colours to get exactly what you want each month.  You also get access to their online store before anyone else each month and can add on any amount of extras you want (paying for them on top of your box of course).  When you sign up you take a little quiz so they get to know your likes and can curate your box just for you.  All items in the box are full sized.   Boxes start at $24.99 a month but they do go down if you pick a longer plan.  They are also always giving away something for joining so make sure you look around a bit first.  I got a set of items worth $112.00 for free!  I have waited quite a while before joining this one as they mostly are nail polish and I don’t need anymore of that but since you can customize your box I was able to reduce the polish and up the makeup.

They have a nice purple accented box.  Inside your items are packed in squiggles and covered with tissue paper.

They don’t have an info card, they send you an email about what you’re getting, but they do tell you all about the curated box items.  This month there was  also a coupon for a free polish with purchase and a paper letting me know I got a bonus item for picking 3 or more add-ins.  I was using up Maven points since this was my last box from them and that’s how I got the extras.

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It’s Whipped Matte Lip Mousse in Dare-$16.00

“A weightless matte lip color that lasts all day and never feels dry. A super-pigmented formula provides saturated color for up to 12 hours of comfortable wear.”  This is really dark and a little odd to apply.  The wand is not great.  It has a texture almost like a lipstick and made a bit of a mess on my face actually.  I think it’ll be okay once I get used to it but I now know I should have traded for a different colour as this one is not really me.

20161212_193025When Pencil Met Gel Eyeliner in Smoky Taupe Shimmer-$12.80

“A waterproof eye pencil with the formula of a gel eyeliner that glides on smoothly without tugging or skipping. Sets in 30 seconds and provides 10+ hours of wear. Ophthalmologist tested.” I am so in love with their eyeliners that I get one every box I think.  The really and truly do not smudge or move or do anything but accent your eyes.  I want every colour…..now!

20161212_192949Eyeshadow 101 Stick in Orchid Shimmer-$14.40

“A waterproof, crème-to-powder shadow stick on top with a spongy smudger on the other end. Expect huge color payoff and crease-proof, stay-all-day power.” This is a totally wearable purple colour.  I think this is my third shade of this shadow and I have been wearing them since they showed up.  They last on my eyes and are not over the top with the shimmer. No disco ball eyeballs here.

20161212_193219Skip The Brush Blush Stick in Sheer Glow-$19.20

“A one stick wonder made for luminous, dewy cheeks, but versatile on eyes and lips, too. This soft-focus powder has ultrafine color pearls that go on creamy then set to a long-lasting powder finish. Easy to apply, easy to blend (no brush needed!), easy to keep in your clutch for on-the-go beauty touch-ups.” This one is not providing any colour really but a gentle shimmer.

20161212_193240Clean Slate Conditioning Nail Polish Remover-$8.00

“This gentle lavender-scented nail polish remover quickly melts polish away without drying your nails.” I always need more remover and I’m thinking that a company that makes polish should know how to get it off again.

20161212_193111Gel Eye Glider in Smoky Taupe Shimmer-$?

This was supposed to be a lip crayon.  Instead it is an old version of the When Pencil Met Gel liner.  They noticed their mistake before the box got here and sent an email to let me know the right product was on the way.

20161212_193309Classic With A Twist in Jacqueline-$5.00

“A fast-drying, long-lasting nail polish powered by breakthrough Oxygen Technology that makes nails healthy and more beautiful at the same time. Our proprietary 5-free, vegan-friendly formula also includes strengthening Hexanal and antioxidant green coffee extract.” This was my bonus item for adding things to the order.  It is a red shimmer and perfect for Christmas!  Great bonus item.

As I mentioned above, this is my last Julep Maven box. I love the liner, if you can’t tell.   The items had a value of $88.20 and I used the Maven pricing, which is better than regular retail.  I won’t be renewing but that’s just so I can try new things, not because I didn’t like the items included.  If you want to try them out or really like nail polish, click here to visit their site.

Curiosity Box December 2016

Curiosity Box is a Canadian monthly subscription that sends out craft and activity boxes for children 3-7.  They hope to inspire curiosity and creativity in kids and help families have quality time together.  You can buy single boxes or 3,6,and 12 month plans.  You can also get Curiosity Kits that are made for birthday parties, homeschooling or daycare groups.  Single boxes start at $26.55 and plans begin at $26.50/month and go down with longer subscriptions.  Shipping within Canada is included!  In the monthly plans they include an item from their current partner and in the months published, a copy of Parent’s Canada magazine.  I had been looking to replace the craft one I was getting for Bug so finding one and a Canadian one to boot is awesome!

The box this month was thicker than some of the others.  Once I opened it up, it was packed full.  I could see of the bat that it had lots of Christmas themed items in it.

They have a tri-fold card that has all the instructions you need to make the crafts.  It also has other activities and facts based on the theme.  This month that theme is Have A Sweet Christmas.  There is no specific sponsor again this month but there is a card for an independent dealer.

20161214_193439The first craft is a Gingerbread Treat Box.  You use a preprinted box and add stickers and a tag to decorate it up, just like a real gingerbread house.  There are way more stickers than you would need so I’m thinking we can have just a sheet of paper to use them up.

20161214_193500Next up is a Gingerbread Thermometer Kit.  This one is a big magnet that tells you how warm or cold your area is.  I wouldn’t use this outside, just because I think the craft itself would fall apart.  We have a penguin one from a different kit on our front door, high above little fingers.

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This is a Gingerbread Placemat Kit.  Again we have a crap load of stickers to use for decoration.  I’m trying to figure out how you would put anything on this placemat once it’s decorated since it would be wobbly.  Just a decoration I guess.

20161214_193701The last craft is called Build Up A Gingerbread Man.  You roll the dice and whatever you roll is what you draw to finish your gingerbread.  This should be a fun and simple game for both of my girls.

The other activity kits included this month are a set of scratch ornaments and a mosaic ornament kit.  Bug loves the scratch ones and has lots of fun when we get one.  The mosaic on has glitter dots so it’ll be very shiny once we’re done.

There were a few bonus items as well.  The first is another decorative sheet to make your own gingerbread house picture.  There is also a set of crayons, a notebook, and a sticky hand.

20161214_195135This month was one of the magazine published ones so that is in there too.  It even has a sample with it! Super bonus!

I think this is going to be a good box for Bug.  She loves these kind of crafts, and I like that most are simple and quick enough to do before bed or supper.  The crafts seem to be coming from Oriental Trading and I’m fine with that because I would totally be ordering from there myself if I could figure out hat to do with the 17 other packages of the same crafts you need to buy at once.  The instructions are clear and the additional activities don’t require crazy supplies no one would have.  I am grateful to find any Canadian boxes and am glad to support them.  If you want to join this one, send me a message and I can give you a code for a discount off a 3 month plan.

White Willow December 2016

White Willow is a monthly lifestyle box that sends out surprise items from beauty, fashion, home, culinary, or all around lifestyle themes.  They ship out four to five items and are a Canadian company.  That makes me so happy I was okay paying slightly more than I normally would for a box.  They promise a value of $70, so let’s hope they meet that.  Subscriptions start at $35 a month but do go down a bit with longer plans.  Shipping to here is $8.50/month.  They are changing all that up starting now.  If you subscribe now you will get boxes every other month.  Anyone who was already on a plan will continue to get boxes monthly until their time is up.

This box has such a beautiful presentation.  They take so much care to make sure you feel special when you open it up.  Everything inside is safely packed so nothing gets damaged in transit.

They have an info card that is lovely and tells you all about the items you will find inside your box.

They also sent me a Holiday Card, which makes me happy. There is also three mini candy canes.  YAY!!!

Double Layered Necklace with White Marble-$28.00

So first off, this came in it’s own little present box. Inside that was a velvet bag that held the necklace.  I think this is a gorgeous necklace and love the marble.  I also like that it’s two chains attached only at the clasp.

Glistening Snow Gilded Winter Candle with Metallics Collection Matches by Greenmarket Purveying Co.-$17.00

This is a very smelly candle.  In a good way though.  It smells like green pine with a hint of vanilla.  It will definitely add that pine tree smell to the house when I burn it so I think it’ll wait until Xmas Day.  The matches are a nice inclusion.

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Lip Locked Priming Gloss Stain by Manna Kadar in Lucky-$32.00

I’ve received a few items from this brand before in other boxes and I like them.  This one is a pink shade that is pretty neutral.  I like that it’s not sticky on my lips and for a stain, it’s not dry feeling.

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Dry Hands Rescue Mask by Kocostar-$5.00

I have never tried a hand mask before.  You simply slide your hands into the gloves and wear for 20 minutes.  Once you’re done you toss the gloves and rub any leftover serum into your hands.  At the end you should have super soft hands for days.

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Chocolate Chip Walnut Biscotti by Murchie’s Fine Tea & Coffee-$10.00

These are going straight to my hubby.  I hate biscotti.  I can think if nothing more gross than dunking things into a warm liquid and eating them.  Ugghhh…..even thinking about it makes me cringe.  I’m just going to assume these are lovely.

The value this time is $92.00.  This month had items I like, except the biscotti. It also fells very Christmasy.  Sometimes you find things you can no longer live without and sometimes not so much.  I am always happy to find a Canadian box and this one is a good one! If you want to try them out click here.

 

Bonjour Jolie TOM Box November 2016

Bonjour Jolie is a time-of-the-month box that sends you your necessary items plus some other products to make you feel a little better during that special time.  You give them some information about your period and then select the 25 items you need in any variation of pads, liners or tampons.  They have a wide selection of brands, so no matter what you use they can cover you. They also include a gift, bath and body items, teas and drinks, candy and snacks, some wipes and if you want, some Advil.  Boxes shipped to Canada are $24.50 a month but do decrease somewhat if you order in 3 or 6 month plans.  You can also add on some extras like heating pads or more Advil for additional costs.  I haven’t received this subscription in a while and decided to give it another go since I had enjoyed it so much the first time around.  Unfortunately it has been nothing but a problem since.  I subscribed in March and while I appear to be getting boxes now I’m still missing a few months.  I have been in constant contact with them and am trying to resolve all the issues and have not had much success.  This is the first box I’ve received sine August and I have had no response to emails asking about the missing boxes.

The box was filled to the brim.  I could see lots of snacks and goodies and the wrapped up reason for the box.

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20161211_173951The Gift-One Pulse Bracelet-$9.99

This bracelet is meant to be a reminder that we are one human race and show support for the Orlando shootings.  I like both the message and the bracelet and thankfully, it can clasp up small enough for my tiny wrists.

20161211_173836The Pampering-Bonjour Jolie Pumpkin Spice Body Lotion-$12.00

This is scented with pumpkin and cinnamon.  I like the spice overtones but the pumpkin is super sweet and not for me.  That being said the lotion absorbed well and my hands are not greasy feeling.

The Edibles

There is an assortment of things to make you feel better at that time of the month.  Werther’s Caramel Apple Sot Caramels($1), Hershey’s Chocolate Bar($1), ChipsAhoy Chocolate Chip Cookies($1), Lorna Doone Shortbread($1), Hershey’s Kisses in Pumpkin Spice and Chocolate($.75), SunBelt Bakery Granola Bars($1.50), and Bigelow Tea($1).  It’s a mix of sweet and healthy and chocolate, which is what I want when I’m craving.

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There is the usual wipes and Advil for the practical side of that time of the month.

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Here is the actual items.  You can select the assortment or get a full box of one type of product.

I am glad to actually get one of their boxes again and it was as good as the rest.  I enjoy discovering the  couple of things besides the feminine items.  The value of items this month is around $29.00 but no one is buying this box for the value.  With a coupon and a trip to the grocery store I can get more products for less but the little helpers are a way to not have to think about the reason for the box.  It’s also one less thing to remember to buy if you have them delivered.

 

Beauteque Monthly November 2016

The Beauteque BB Bag is a monthly subscription that sends you out 6-8 full sized products from make-up, skin care, beauty tools, body care, hair care, or lifestyle products.  It is Asian beauty products that are included and I love all the odd things they include.  They do offer a mask only bag as well that will send you 9-11 masks.  Bags start at $24 or $15 for the masks and do go down with longer plans. Shipping to here was $6.95/month. I have yet to get this bag and have everything for the month fit in the actual bag.  It comes bubble wrapped safely in a cardboard box.

As is normal for this box, they have a few things in the bag and the rest are loose in the box below.  The outside of the box has a big sticker on it letting you know what’s inside.

They have a nice info card, with pictures of the items as well as values, write-ups, and most importantly…..English instructions.

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The bag does feel a little cheaper than normal but it’s a good larger size.  I like that it’s pink too.

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Premium Deoproce Strawberry Yogurt Massage Cream-$22.00

This is a huge tub of lotion!  This is actually a face cream and not a body lotion like I thought.  They tell you all about the benefits of massage for your skin and how strawberries are anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial effects.  This cream smells lovely and not crazy strong so it’s nice.

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Tsaio Traveler’s Herb Diary Herbal Blend Body Care Kit-$14.00

This kit has shampoo, body wash, and face wash.  It comes in this little baggy to keep them handy in your bags.  I like to keep these for when we go camping in the summer as it’s way easier to tote this to the shower than full sized versions.

20161209_181018VOV Lip Care Balm in Juice Puffy Lip-$6.00

This lip balm has a slight tint and so far makes my lips feel nice.  I love getting lip products in boxes and even though I have more than enough to last me and my girls for a long time, I always want more.

20161209_180919Yadah Claude Monet Hand Cream-2x$4.00

Everyone will have received 2 tubes of hand lotion and they have images of Monet paintings on them.  This lotion absorbed very quickly and didn’t leave me feeling greasy at all.  It also smells very pleasant.

20161209_180929Cuticle Cutter-$7.50

I think this is a very useful item to receive.  I do not have a set of these so that’s a good thing.  It seems like they are including a tool in every bag now and I’m okay with that.

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Misc. Sheet Mask-$?

I was supposed to receive a bottle of nail polish and instead I have these two masks.  I’d rather have these anyways so that makes me happy.  These are not ones that I have every tried so that’s nice too.

This month’s value is $65.00, which is fabulous.  I’ve had a bit of regret with a few boxes lately but this one is not one of those! The theme this month was all about skincare and that was well reflected.  As I noted last month,  I have already seen all the spoilers for next month because they send them out, which I don’t care for.  I want to be surprised and usually avoid the spoilers from other people so it’s frustrating to get the emails.  I choose to delete them without opening.

My Christmas Crate November 2016

My Christmas Crate is a monthly box of items to celebrate the festive time of the year, all year long.  Boxes can include anything that might help bring back memories or feelings, such as home decor, culinary items, accessories, candles, kitchen items, and more.  Boxes are $29.95 a month and you will get 3-5 items.  I love Christmas and as soon as December starts I’m wearing Xmas gear and singing carols so this box is right up my alley.  I missed out on their first box that had an awesome mug in it but I’m hoping that there is equally great things in the boxes I do get.

This box is festive before you even get into it.  Once I did open it up there was not much I could see. I guess I’ll have to dig deeper.

They do have an info card in there.  It’s basic but does get the job done.  The front could be used as a print if you wanted.  The back has a list of the items and the websites to find them on.

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Christmas Morning Pancake Mix-$8.95

Well let me tell you…..pancakes are a big hit in our house.  This mix requires only the addition of an egg and some milk.  It says it can serve eight but I”m not sure how many pancakes that translates to.  I think having the whisk on there as well is a cute touch.  I don’t think this will make it until Christmas morning but that’s okay.

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Vintage Wooden Ornament-$?

The website for this company doesn’t have pricing because they sell to retailers only.  This is a lovely ornament.  It is a bit to large and heavy to hang on the tree but will make a lovely addition to a door or my cubical.

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Gingerbread Pecan Peanut Brittle-$6.00

This is something that I think will be good.  I only like a small amount of brittle at a time so this will get shared with everyone.

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Ultra Cozy Santa Socks-$5.00

These are from My Christmas Crate and they are super fuzzy.  I have recently had a run of bad luck with my Xmas socks getting holes in them and having to toss them so these arrived at a great time.

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Peanuts Good Grief Cafe Charlie Brown Vanilla Cocoa-$1.59

Ooohhh.  I like this one.  These packets are great for work since I can get hot water for free and have a nice cup of hot chocolate.  I’ve never seen this brand before but I have never found one I don’t like.

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Holiday Specs-$1.65

OMG!!!! These are so freaking cool!  Once you put them on and look at points of light, such as your Xmas tree lights, it makes every one into a candy cane!  These make me happier than they should.

I am very happy with My Christmas Crate.  There was a good mix of items from all categories.  My favourite item this month is the glasses.  If you sign up for their newsletter you can get 10% off your purchases.  I only got this one for a few months but I think it might become one of my favorite boxes yet.

The Hippie Hobby November 2016

The Hippie Hobby is a bi-monthly subscription box that sends you a DIY craft kit that will incorporate recycled, up-cycled, and natural elements.  They promise to send you everything you need, so even if you’re a beginner crafter you’ll never be caught out missing supplies.  Boxes start at $23.95 plus $5.99 shipping to Canada.  There are discounts for 3 or 6 month plans.  Since boxes are every other month, a 6 month plan gets you a year.  I am always looking for craft boxes and most are either way too expensive for me or the shipping is ridiculous so I’m hoping this one will bring me joy.

This box is fun to get.  It is happy and just so green!

The main craft this month is Handmade Greeting Cards.  They provided blank cards, glue, a pencil, marker, decorative paper and trim, a book page, paint chips, buttons, sequins, beads, and glitter.  They show you a few examples of cards to make but there is enough items to make your own designs as well.

The bonus craft is Upcycled Gift Tags.  You can use the paint chips, the burlap from the packaging, a pencil, glitter, and the glue to make Xmas tags or gift tags for any occasion.

I like the idea of making something that will be used instead of simply being decorative.  The crafts are not crazy complicated and still they look like they would be not tacky.  It doesn’t matter too much to me that they are encouraging recycling or upcycling but there isn’t a downside to that.   I don’t think that you can accurately value a box like this but it’s probably fair.  Having two months to make these up before another box arrives means I may actually get them done, though that hasn’t been the case so far.

Loves It Newfoundland Box November 2016

Loves It is a box of Newfoundland sourced, hand crafted, home made items.  They are proudly sending out boxes of items they purchase from those local suppliers so that they can show off the greatness of their artists, crafters, and businesses.  They offer both a Standard or a Premium box and monthly or quarterly subscriptions.  Boxes start at $35.00 a month but do go down with longer plans.  There will be 4-7 items per box and they say they will range in value from $40-$75.  I am always on the lookout for Canadian boxes and so while I’m not from Newfoundland nor have I ever been there I was still interested in this box.

I was happy to see the warning was back on the box this month.  Opening it up, there was no print on top but a toque I’d have been pissed to cut up.

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Froze Ta Det Toque by Figgyduff Dory-$24.00

This toque is sold out on the website but I’m happy to have received one. I don’t speak Newfie but I can understand most of it and this one is rather self explanatory.  I love that they included the one with a pom pom as there is a plain option as well.  Good start to the box.

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No Place Like Home Soap-$7.00

This is a partridgeberry and bakeapple soap.  I have no clue what either of those are but it smells amazing.  It is a shea butter soap and I will be putting this at the top of my to use pile. This is actually a duplicate from last months box for me.  It’s not the first time they’ve done that and I’ve emailed them about it, with no response.  It’s a good thing I like this soap.

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Indigena Smooth Lip Balm-$4.99

This balm feels so nice!  It is made with Canadian beeswax and sweet orange oil.  I seem to be getting less balms lately so I like to see new ones and Canadian ones at that.  This is also a duplicate from last month.  It is awesome though and makes my lips super soft.

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Tuck’s Bee Better Honey-56g $?

This farm doesn’t have a website so I can’t find a value on this jar of honey.  It is a beautiful dark amber and will make my tea so much better!  It is unpasteurized and delicious I’m sure.

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June’s Jams & Jellies Blueberry Jam-$4.00

I love when this box sends me food!  The last jam I got from them is almost gone and as I never think to buy blueberry jam I’m excited to open this one.  I love that this is not a giant corporation pumping it out either.  Someone maybe making this in a kitchen or on a small scale production and that makes it taste better in my opinion.

This was my ninth box from Loves It and as normal, I still never have any clue what to expect to be in it besides it all being from Newfoundland.  There is a good mix of products. I just wish for a few of the thing that they would tell me what or why it was included. Value is always hard for this box as I don’t always know where things are from, but this one I was able to find most of it, giving me a value of $39.99 plus the honey. I am sad that two of the items are repeats from the month before.  At least if they’d skipped a couple it would be better.   If you want to check them out click here to go to their site.

LoveLula Beauty Box November 2016

LoveLula Beauty Box is a UK box that is filled with natural beauty products and brands without having to purchase the full sized versions first.  Individual boxes are $52.50 British Pounds a month or a yearly option of $210 British Pounds.  That price includes the shipping fee.  I have had great luck with the other British box I get so while the British exchange was down a bit I went ahead and got this one.

This box packs things well in their little nest of squiggles and it arrives in good condition.

They have an info card that gives a code for a discount off the brands in the box for the month on one side and the items that you actually got on the back.

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Madara Hydra Mask-12.5mL $24.85

This is a mask that you are supposed to leave on for 15 minutes.  It is very thin and absorbed into my  skin right off the bat so there is no way I would be washing it off.  You can also just use it as a moisturizer so I think that will be my choice.  I’ve used a few other items from this brand and I like them so I’m sure this one will live up to the rest.

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Humble Natural Beauty Hand Cream-75mL $13.25

This is the sweet pea and verbena lotion and it smells great!  I love sweet peas and this makes me so happy it’s not even funny.  I received a shower gel a few boxes ago in one of their other scents that I’ve been using but I want to have this lotion with me everywhere!  It honestly smells that good!!  You should buy this one.

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OOH! Oils Of Heaven Argan Oil-15mL $15.74

I am totally freaked out every time I put oils on my skin because of always being told it would make me breakout.  However I have been using different ones and of course that is not the case.  I tend to think of argan oil as more for your hair than face but it is supposed to help your skin stay moist and regenerated.

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PHB Skin Gel-120mL $22.78

This is a skin restoring gel with aloe vera.  It is made to soothe, repair, and hydrate skin.  It is very cooling feeling and most definitely a gel.It is suitable for sensitive, dry or eczema areas on your skin too.  There are five variations that could have been received for this product.

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Moa Green Bath Potion Shot-10mL $4.56

This is a natural essential oil blend that will help to de-stress and relieve aches and pains.  It has a blend of five oils that each do something good for you.  It also has a list of do not do things, including do not use as a massage oil or while pregnant.

My forth box from LoveLula is still very good.  It is full of skincare products but that is mostly what they have on their site so it’s not a surprise.  The value this time is $81.18 and there were two full sized items. I’m not always going to seek out natural products but everything I’ve tried has worked well and if I had a complaint, it would be that some of them have quite strong smells that I don’t particularity enjoy.  The lotion this month more than makes up for that though!